The time has finally come for EVERGREY to put out a live CD/DVD. This double CD was done at the Storan club in Sweden in 2004. The DVD will come out later this year. With five releases under their belts, the time was right to put this out. I have seen them live in the past and they can captivate the audience with their sound, music and voice like no one else can. They sound even better on stage than their records if you can believe that. With that said, let’s dive into the review.
Immediately, the first thing that I notice is the sound. It’s not recorded badly, but the drums are too much up in the front which doesn’t give a chance for the other members to be heard properly. For the poor sound result, I would have to blame the club because it sounds a bit hollow. It sounds like they are far away musically when Tom’s voice is pushed up front. Something tells me that this club wasn’t built for concerts. It may be good to go there live, but to record a show for release may not have been the perfect choice. Ok, let just get to the meat and potatoes of the disc. “Blinded” kicks off the show and what’s funny here is that they play a little over a minute into the song before they stop and greet the fans and then go back into the music. It’s real weird, but the show goes on. The band is in fine form as they play with conviction and passion. Tom’s voice above everything else is the highlight because you can tell that he feels what he sings. He’s very convincing and believable. The choirs used in the show are amazing because not only do they sing crystal clear, but are also very emotional and it shows. Listen to “More Than Ever” to get the experience.
Disc one is chock full of aggression and beauty and isn’t a let down. Disc two opens up with the more mellow tunes of “When The Walls Go Down” and “Harmless Wishes” which is probably needed just to add a little variety. One of the show stoppers here is “For Every Tear That Falls” which is a beautiful ballad that can bring tears to a grown man. On this number, Tom’s wife Carina comes in and the crowd goes ape shit over it and when it’s done, the crowd just goes berserk. The harder songs like “Nosferatu”, “Solitude Within” and the closer “The Masterplan” are all here and they don’t let the fans down. For some reason, it seems like while the sound is a little hollow, by disc two I can hear things better. Perhaps I got used to it.
Whatever the case may be, the band delivers once again. EVERGREY may have had a ton of line up changes since the beginning, but no matter whose in the band at that time they always sound solid. The guys are fantastic, the background singers also rule because they make the band and music sound that much better and classier and I wish I could have been there. I can’t wait for the DVD because it’s probably going to be more explosive. It’s a known fact that bands use a lot of overdubs during live recordings, but I wouldn’t have mind if they used it here. I just hope the DVD sounds better. (Online August 17, 2005)